Eight vendors on Defense engineering contract list

Eight contractors will compete for task orders under a $4.7 billion engineering services contract awarded by the Defense Microelectronics Activity.

Under the Advanced Technology Support Program III multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, which will run for five base years with two, five-year options, the contractors will offer advanced technologies and compete for ways to extend the life of weapons systems.

The technologies will boost reliability and maintainability through insertions and applications of advanced microelectronics technologies, according to an announcement earlier this year on Fedbizopps.com.

The follow-on contract to the ATSP series of contracts covers hardware and software and includes studies, analysis, design, code, simulation, prototyping, integration, testing and limited production. The requirement also includes the development of viable methods of procedures for using available tools and resources, strategies for resolution of replacement alternatives, and for technical interchange.

ATSP3 is "designed to resolve problems with obsolete, unreliable, unmaintainable, underperforming, or incapable electronics hardware and software through development of advanced technology insertions and applications to fielded systems at various locations," according to a DOD announcement.

The contractors chosen include: BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems, Nashua, N.H.; The Boeing Co. Phantom Works, Seattle; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Minneapolis; Honeywell Defense and Space Electronic Systems, Albuquerque, N.M.; Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, N.Y.; Northrop Grumman Space & Missions Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif.; Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md.; and Raytheon Technical Services Co., Long Beach, Calif.

The contract, which could potentially run through August 2019, was awarded by DMEA of Sacramento, Calif.

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